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Montessori Academy's vision is that each student
will become an independent, confident, motivated learner, and a responsible community member as a result of the dynamic partnership between
students, parents, and teachers.
This partnership within the exceptional Montessori environment, while developing these characteristics, enables each student to become a life-long learner.
In the summer of 1967, Eileen Bernstorf, our founder, started the first Montessori preschool in Nashville with a neighbor on Granny White Pike. Inspired by the success of the young students, Mrs. Bernstorf's vision expanded. Her daughter, Linda, became dedicated to the vision and joined the school staff in 1984; Eileen Bernstorf's son, Jim, joined the staff in 2001. (All three hold advanced degrees in the field of education.) With support from the school community and her late husband, Dr. E. Cranston Bernstorf, that vision has taken form in several different ways over a four-decade period.
In 1986 the Bernstorfs moved the school to the current 24-acre site located at 6021 Cloverland Drive in Brentwood, TN. Within three years, an 8000 square foot wing had been added to the Primary School building to house elementary classrooms and a multi-purpose room. In 1996, a new building was completed, providing 14,000 square feet of classrooms, library, science room and gymnasium for the Upper Elementary and Middle Schools. In the fall of 2003 an additional 22,000 square feet was added that included administrative offices, additional academic space, and a fine arts building with a fixed-seat auditorium.
During the 2009-2010 school year a Toddler program was established and immediately filled.
Academic excellence, Montessori philosophy and methods, music, art, foreign language, and physical fitness are foundational to the success of Montessori Academy.
Montessori Academy is the largest Montessori school in Middle Tennessee and one of the largest in the nation. Mrs. Bernstorf's extraordinary vision has created a team of highly qualified administrators and teachers dedicated to the mission and vision of Montessori Academy.